Nomad in Search of the City
I think there's a mystery and beauty to a nomadic life that my heart longs for. God is so faithful when we travel, He always shows us His majestic glory that he's designed in all corners of the world.
Hebrews 11:13-16 says, “… They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they call their own. If they longed for country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”
Rather than being sent to a specific country, we were sent to the world. We were sent here to seek Jesus’ face and to deeply love others. We are sent, chosen, called to devote our lives to seeking God above all else and to share His love and promise with the world. We are not born perfect; it is a learning experience of losing fear and trusting God in the unseen. It’s having astounding faith in an everlasting life and keeping our eyes on His promise in the face of difficulty.
People say they travel to lose themselves, to find out who they are and who they want to be. For me this life is all about un-doing the things this world has done to me. It’s removing layer by layer the parts of me that aren’t really me. It’s taking away all the extra and being left raw. It’s showing my face to God in the morning and getting His approval, not the worlds. It’s undoing what society has done to me and unveiling the marvelous person God created me to be.
Something remarkable happens when you peel back the layers and expose your core. There is so much damn beauty in being vulnerable. It’s the essence of our authenticity – the secret place that holds our heart. I don’t know if it’s a shame or beautiful how much we hide our hearts. It’s a shame for those who never let their guard down, who live fearful of becoming the person our Lord created them to be. Our world is so guarded; some people never meet their naked souls face to face. But to see someone’s soul is the loveliest thing that can happen in our lives. I appreciate rawness so much. A soul is a window to God, a glimpse of heaven here on earth.
I think God calls us to be travelers here on earth and He delights in showing us the wonders He has created. He asks us to become unattached to items in the world and more attached to Him. To travel, to love, and to share the Gospel with people all over the globe. Ultimately, I know I will continue wandering His creation in search of something that this earth cannot satisfy. I long to be in heaven, to enter the special city God created.